The word bungalow has its origin in the Hindi word "bangalá",
which refers to a house in West Bengal region in India. These were
one-story rest houses built for travelers. Designed low to the
ground, well equipped with large porches and shadowed by overhanging
eaves,bungalows could deal with the heat and abnormal temperatures.
Nowadays the word bungalow is used in different contexts around the
world and in India, it refers to any single-family unit, and not an
building, which is the usual mode of housing for the middle class
Indians living in cities. Although it started as a one storey home,
with the progress in time, families started building two -storey
homes and as a result more people could be accommodated.
much does it cost to build a bungalow in India?
price of a bungalow depends on factors like size, style, and
location. The prices of housing in Tier 1 cities are way more
expensive than Tier 2 or Tier 3 cities. Sprawling bungalows within
Mumbai can start with prices upto 4 crore rupees whereas in Delhi and
Bangalore the starting prices are a bit lesser at around 2 crores.
Meanwhile, famous holiday locations such as Alibaug or Lokhandwala
can start from 50 lakh rupees, whereas a small bungalow in a city
like Sangli can be bought for 75 lakh rupees.
cost of construction of a bungalow depends on area of construction
and on the specifications. The cost of land in the hilly regions is a
bit cheaper than plain lands, but construction costs will be higher.
Specifications provided by budget housing builders suggest that the
cost of construction can be around Rs.
1300/- per sft
, including all the costs such as Architectural Design, Structural
Design, building construction and external developments (example
wall, gate etc.,).
do I start preparing for the construction of my bungalow?
first step is always proper planning and assessing the basic needs
and requirements: budget and time. Once this goal has been achieved
and the location is finalized, a broader analysis of the available
materials and the designs can be made. Hiring professionals such as architects and landscapers is a always a good idea to
minimize mistakes and reduce wastage of materials. It is good to
note the number of people that would use the house on a regular basis
and make sure all amenities have been properly looked into.
materials are suitable for building a bungalow?
technology has evolved, building materials with higher resilience,
longevity and cost effectiveness have started to be used. A proper
analysis, wise selection of materials and a smart way of combining
them can result in a cost effective and comfortable habitat besides
reducing its life cycle environmental impact. If one chooses durable
and low maintenance materials, the need for new materials can be
minimized. The combinations of materials used to build the roof,
walls and floor may vary based on factors like climate, distance from
source of supply, budget, maintenance requirements and desired style
or appearance. The most commonly chosen material for bungalows in
India is concrete, with natural materials like wood gaining
popularity too. To ensure the safety and correct selection of
materials based on geography, it is important to contact an architect
are some flooring options I can use in a bungalow?
of flooring materials are used in bungalows in India. Some of them
are terrazo flooring,
ceramic tiles, concrete finished flooring and vitrified tiles. Some
other examples include laminated wooden flooring, natural marble
flooring, natural granite and oxide florring etc.
are some of the popular bungalows in India?
are one of the most sought out living options in India. Famous
bungalows include Mannat in Bandra (Shah Rukh Khan’s bungalow in
Bandra) or Jalsa and Prateeksha (Amitabh Bacchan’s bungalows in
Juhu). The most popular bungalows in India are the two-storeyed or
three storeyed homes in Tier 2 and 3 cities which have caught the
fancy of the rich middle class. Other examples are old havelis that
have been transformed to bungalows with the advent of time.
a bungalow the right type of home for me?
are one of the most common style of homes in smaller Indian cities as
buildings and apartments have replaced them in bigger cities. Ideal
for a big Indian family, the advantages of buying a detached property
is that it is often located in quiet, suburban areas, which makes it
ideal for people who seek a more peaceful life in a low-risk